Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens


One of the highlights of our visit to St. Louis was visiting the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Scotty and I loved visiting this special place when we lived here. They had a Chihuly exhibit or a while that I absolutely fell in love with. Lucky for us, we were in town for this new exhibition of silk lanterns from China. A huge undertaking, this is  the first exhibit of its kind to ever come to the US. Each lantern and display was designed with artisans in China and all the lanterns were shipped over and assembled by hand. It was pretty spectacular.

Gotta get a bit of Chihuly in here!

There were even a pair for fighting dragon that moved and blew smoke!

Each dragon was made from thousands of hand painted plates, each tied individually together…by hand.

There were many displays like this one and they were massive, some parts animated, and incredibly detailed.

This was easily 40-50 feet high!

These three sculptures were made from antique medicine bottles.

Gorgeous, right? And florid and extravagant. Such a fun outing with G & A! Thank you friends!

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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8 Responses to Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

  1. Wow – very impressive!!!! 🙂 **

  2. katemai says:

    So cool! I love Chinese lanterns! I just visited St. Louis for the first time and thought it was a fabulous city.

  3. Becky says:

    Fantastic! Love the ones in the twilight.

  4. pop says:

    Can you send me these pictures so I can hang them in my dining room?

  5. audrey says:

    Loved these pictures…almost as pretty as the event!

  6. cynthiaclairebruni says:

    Loved the water lilies and tulips! It was a little tamer when John and I visited the gardens!

  7. Bethy Manor says:

    The dragons, the lanterns, the lights – all are so spectacular! Thank you for sharing this unusual display with us!

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